Author Thomas McGuane is both an internationally renowned writer of literary fiction and a dedicated, vastly experienced fly fisherman—a seriously rare combination. The writing of some literary authors can be dense or florid, but McGuane’s writing is masterful, witty and accessible. And when he turns his attention to fly fishing, his essays, observations and reflections are without peer. This book collects 33 stories about angling adventures, lessons learned and characters encountered during McGuane’s lifelong fishing obsession. When reading, I sometimes dog-ear pages with interesting ideas or turns of phrase. With this book, that was almost every page.